Dry Skin Relief for Less: Embryolisse, Lumene, Aveeno, and Good Ol’ Fashioned Vaseline

New star of the show

Bonjour mes amis! Yes, if you couldn’t tell from my highly skilled French, I obviously just got back from Paris. It was an amazing trip- I ate a lot, drank a lot of wine, shopped a lot, and also froze my derriere off walking around in cold, rainy weather all day for a week. Don’t get me wrong- I love cold, rainy weather, but my skin does not. Luckily, on one of my many trips into the city’s charming pharmacies (picture a tiny CVS, but carefully edited and more organized, with more high-end and beautifully packaged products), I located something I’ve been meaning to try stateside for months now: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

Your skin’s new (and very French) bff

Let me translate that for you: amazing moisturizer/primer/makeup remover cream. The product, which I’ve only read rave reviews for and is always recommended on Into the Gloss, is meant to heal irritated skin, moisturize it for 24 hours, and also remove makeup– all the while not creating any new breakouts. And you know what? It lives up to the hype. My skin, once red and dry, felt suddenly moisturized with just a tiny, dime-sized amount. And not only that, the cream leaves a satin-like finish, making it easy to apply make-up immediately after. I can’t speak for the makeup removing feature, but I assume this product must be great at everything, so sure. And I’m happy to report no new breakouts, which is always my fear when trying new face creams. I still love Josie Maran Argan Oil, but for winter, this is definitely my go-to moisturizer. For $25, I suggest it be yours as well.

Remember this guy?

Speaking of dry skin products, it’s not as freezing as Paris here in New York, but my sensitive skin regardless started to get irritated at the first sign of cold weather. One product I’ve been using a lot of under my eyes and on my lips is good ol’ fashioned Vaseline (which C’s mother swears by). I have found it super great on my chapped lips, and now I always apply it under any dark lipstick to prevent flaking or discoloration in dry patches. It works like a dream. As for under my eyes, I have to say I don’t see a huge difference at once, but it is super moisturizing– and it’s FIVE DOLLARS. The jury is still out on longterm results, but I’m happy to keep using it to find out. 

Skinny, but strong

Another dry skin quick-fix I’m a new fan of is Lumene Sensitive Touch Instant Relief Serum. Like Embryolisse, it’s formulated for super sensitive skin (like mine), but Lumene wins bonus points for being alcohol-free and paraben-free, too, utilizing Arctic linen seed to cool chapped, dry skin on contact. This won’t replace your moisturizer, but it’s the perfect thing to soothe redness and irritation when you walk in from the cold, or feel like your skin needs a hug. You can legitimately feel it working. Grab a $20 bottle before January hits, folks.

Not just for les babies
Finally, and as someone whose legs are naturally dry and itchy in the winter, I have to give a big thank you to Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion. It was actually recommended by my boyfriend’s mother last summer when I had a heat rash on my arms, and once applied, my skin felt cool and the redness began to fade. Magic. It is extremely gentle (I mean, it’s for babies), but still effective, leaving my skin itch-free and feeling moisturized all day, but without that gross, greasy finish so many lotions leave behind..I use it on my hands, too, before I leave for work every morning. As someone who isn’t a big fan of gloves, I can tell you it really soothes chapped knuckles well.  Also, it’s $6, and leaves you wit no reason to get a more expensive body/hand cream this season. Go get.


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